Oct. 9, 2018 - Dean Leonard M. Baynes told students that the University of Houston Law Center's new building campaign, "More Than Bricks" continues to make progress during his fall semester "Discussion with the Dean" sessions.
Baynes noted how a new facility would enhance the Law Center's strong reputation and would likely bolster its standing in national rankings.
"The Law Center is a great institution," Baynes said. "We have several programs that are nationally-ranked, including our Health Law Program that's No. 2 in the country, our part-time program is No. 7, intellectual program is No. 5, and we have won awards for diversity three years in a row.
"A great, new building will allow us to continue to attract even more talented and excellent students like we currently have."
The Law Center is in the beginning phase of the campaign, and has raised more than half of its 2018 goal of $10 million to go toward a new building. The second phase will be to advocate for state funding from the Texas Legislature. The proposed site would be in the space that is currently parking lot 19B directly south of the current Law Center building.
Baynes also emphasized the impact of networking and recapped alumni visits to Austin, Chicago, Denver, Mexico City, Miami, San Antonio and locally in The Woodlands.
"Our alumni are everywhere! We are a national law school! These out-of-town alumni events are designed to tighten our connection with these alumni and to make sure that if our students want to work in these locations after they graduate, we have the connections for help to make that happen," Baynes said.
The discussion ended with a question-and-answer session with students.